Swamp Thing 80 (Winter 1988)

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Poor Veitch. Swamp Thing is about to take part in another big DC crossover–they don’t announce it on the cover or in the text, but it’s Invasion!–and he’s got nothing. He basically sends Alec off into space again, or something like it. The finish, with Swamp Thing forced to escape Earth, looks exactly like the last time he did.

What’s different? Well, Abby’s pregnant and the issue opens with a funny scene of them putting together the baby’s room. Then there’s some rather good stuff with the Parliament of Trees. Veitch just can’t organically incorporate the invading aliens (even though he never shows their faces, just their hands). It’s like the Flash Gordon movie and Ming….

Crossover issues are rarely any good and often incredibly problematic, so it’s a testament to Veitch’s handle on the series he was able to get a few good scenes in the issue.

CREDITS

The Longest Day; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, Tatjana Wood; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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